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    Census Bureau encourages students to apply for jobs

    The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring temporary workers for the 2020 Census. College students are highly encouraged to apply. Texas students will contribute to their communities as Census takers and will benefit personally by gaining public service experience while earning income.

    • 2020 Census is hiring full- and part-time, temporary workers locally. Applications are online at

    • Successful hires can add to their resumes that they have passed a federal background check, including fingerprinting. Note: This required background check may take up to eight weeks.

    • All positions include paid training. Training for most new hires will begin in March. 2020 Census jobs will end by September 30, 2020.

    • Requirements include: (1) must be at least 18, (2) must be a U.S. citizen, and (3) must have access to transportation. A second language is desirable but not required.

    • Many jobs will have flexible schedules, including Census takers. Pay for Census takers (enumerators) will be competitive by county. Pay range for Census takers in Texas will be between $18 to $23 per hour. Check pay rates for your county. Demand is everywhere, urban and rural.

    • This work is well-suited to social science and liberal arts students, given the emphasis on demographics and the historical value of the Census.

    • This is a chance to be part of history. The Census is required by the U.S. Constitution. The first Census was in 1790. The 2020 Census is the 24th decennial Census.

    • The decennial Census is the largest mobilization of federal workforce in times of peace.